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Things to see/do in/near Austin Texas?

As many of you know, I am teaching English in Japan. At this time I am teaching 2 Japanese female students of an international company who will go to Austin, TX in January and stay there for 6 months.

I'd like to get some ideas of what they might want to see and do in and within driving distance of Austin and also if there are stores where they can easily find and buy Japanese foods, especially Japanese rice brands. Japanese rice will have names like Koshi-Hikari, Akita Komachi, and/or have Japanese writing on the label.

How about authentic food Japanese restaurants? Lots of them? Not so many?

I know that this is the "Other" Forum, but please try to keep it short and simple and keep from making typical "Other" Forum comments, as I would LIKE to be able to PDF this thread, print and give it to them - hopefully without having to redact very much.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 10-09-14, 09:26 PM
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In the US, the common Japanese rice brands are Kokuho, Nishiki and Tamanishiki. I think in many cases, it's Japanese-style rice but grown in California. They are easy to get, not only from Japanese stores but also many Asian supermarkets.

It would be good if you post pics of the students so we can help them better.
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Rudys BBQ.
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There was Momoko near UT though it seems kinda novelty and Asahi imports though I've never been to that one. All encompassing Asian market is MT on North Lamar.

A few Ramen places have popped up recently. I wasn't a big fan of Michi Ramen on North Lamar, but it's gotten good reviews. My soft egg was ice cold in the broth.

I like Kome on Airport quite a lot and has Ramen, sushi and other Japanese cuisine. I'm not super familiar, but I think a take on street food? I've never found a sushi place I completely love as much as Dallas, Houston or even San Diego when visiting but Uchi and Uchiko are interesting non traditional takes on sushi.

My wife is Chinese and she's had trouble adjusting to the food. We found a Chinese noodle place that was very authentic then it just went downhill. She actually wants to eat more Korean now when we go out.

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The improv comedy scene in Austin is really hopping. I can ask people I know down there for more details, if you'd like.
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Check out a Monte Montgomery concert. They will not be disappointed.
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There is a lady in Austin named Party Patty, and she drinks her milk shakes cold and long.

See her. See her.
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Old 10-10-14, 02:47 AM
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Aashi Imports is an exclusively Japanese grocery store. It is in north central Austin on Burnet Rd just north of 2222/Koenig in a strip mall.

There is also a Chinatown shopping complex also in north Austin. It is on North Lamar at Kramer just south of Braker Lane. There is a MT Supermarket there that sells Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Filipino, Thai, Indonesian, and Indian groceries.

There's lots of good sushi in Austin: Uchi, Musachino, Uchiko

Ramen Tatsu-Ya is a very popular place in north Austin on Research Blvd. There will be a second one opening in south Austin sometime in 2015. So they can look for those.

Obviously there are lots of web resources that can provide information about tourist attractions and restaurants.
It would be hard to make recommendations without some idea of what kind of things they are interested in. When my sister and brother-in-law visit, she wants to go to historical sites, and he wants to eat BBQ and see bands.

Acquaint them with auschron.com
The Austin Chronicle is a free weekly newspaper with Arts and Entertainment listings.

In February they can attend Carnaval Brasileiro.

In March there is SXSW and the Star of Texas Rodeo.
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See the bats! The bats!

http://www.batsinaustin.com/#

Check out Rainey Street

http://www.raineystbars.com
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go see the bats that come out from under the bridge


your teaching in japan and want japanese food in Texas......um NO! go get some really good BBQ.
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Just tell them that they're going to the land of biggest egos, biggest hair, biggest liars anywhere...


Let's sing another stupid Texas song....
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Thanks for the limited amount of information so far, especially about the rice.

Are there any National Parks/Monuments within driving distance that are amazing, and if so - for what reason are they amazing?
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Thanks for the limited amount of information so far, especially about the rice.

Are there any National Parks/Monuments within driving distance that are amazing, and if so - for what reason are they amazing?
Austin is seven hours from Big Bend National Park. We thought the park was beautiful. It's where the Rio Grande river cuts through the Chihuahua desert. I can guarantee that it doesn't look like anything in Japan.
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Old 10-11-14, 10:49 AM
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The LBJ Presidential Library is on the UT campus.

The Hill Country to the southwest of Austin provides many day trip opportunities.
LBJ's ranch in Johnson City is a National Park, if you are interested in American history.
Enchanted Rock State Park near Fredericksburg is great if you are into desert scenery and hiking.
Fredericksburg itself is a charming town and popular destination. It is the home of the US National Museum of WWII in the Pacific. (Not sure what Japanese tourists would make of it.)
The Hill Country has many wineries that you can tour, and Dripping Springs is home to the original Salt Lick BBQ.
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Old 10-11-14, 11:10 AM
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The city of San Marcos is just 30 minutes south of Austin.
It has two huge outlet malls and the Texas State University campus.

15 minutes more down the highway is the city of New Braunfels.
It has Schlitterbahn water park which opens for the summer at the end of April, and Gruene Hall which is the oldest dance hall in Texas and still hosts live music shows.
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Thanks for the limited amount of information so far,
Did you want to tell us anything about these two Japanese females, other than that they are two Japanese females?
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See the bats! The bats!
Do you mean the Ice Bats, or the real living, breathing, disease-spreading, blood-sucking flying rodents?

Might be a moot point - the Ice Bats may have folded years ago.
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If you're arriving in January and will be there for 6 months, you will be there for the South By Southwest Music Festival which is always huge.

I also recommend Stubs for BBQ and Sholtz's tavern.
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What about Franklins BBQ?

Longhorn fans think their stadium is a national monument.
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6 months in America and you won't take them outside of Austin?
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I just got back from spending a week in Austin visiting my son (drove from San Diego). It was great but unfortunately I did not know about The Austin City Limits music festival which seemed to double the city's size and cause insane traffic (when a Southern Californian says you have bad traffic you need to listen). Their highway system already sucks normally. I ate at several food trucks and had some incredible food, including the very best monte cristo sandwich I have ever had. I also got to see a movie at the Alamo Draft House and yes, the hype is real. It was the best theater I have ever watched a movie in.
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What about Franklins BBQ?
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Presuming that their employer is sending them here to work, they probably won't have an entire free morning (4 hours) to stand in line for a BBQ lunch.
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6 months in America and you won't take them outside of Austin?
He's not coming with them. He is their English language teacher in Japan.
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